Minnesota State Patrol Reports Hundreds of Crashes Statewide

The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting hundreds of crashes statewide as a massive winter storm pushes across the state. 

As of 4:30 Tuesday night, the State Patrol reported 287 crashes across Minnesota. 

There were an additional 221 spinouts. 

The National Weather Service says six inches of snow has already dropped in Jackson, in southwestern Minnesota, while nearly six inches of fresh powder has fallen in Albert Lea in the southeast part of the state. 

Minneapolis, St. Paul and Mankato have declared snow emergencies. 

The severe storm prompted officials to close highways in southern Minnesota. 

Interstate 90, west of Albert Lea, closed at 2 p.m. due to hazardous driving conditions. 

The State Patrol said Highway 14 in southern Minnesota was also shut down. 

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